Maritime

BOURBON Joins Automated Ships Ltd and KONGSBERG To Deliver Groundbreaking Autonomous Offshore Support Vessel Prototype

3Bourbon KM Hronn July2017 01Leading marine Offshore services company, BOURBON has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Automated Ships Ltd to support the building of the world’s first autonomous, fully-automated and cost-efficient prototype vessel for offshore operations, in collaboration with the project’s primary technology partner, KONGSBERG.

BOURBON will leverage its expertise in building and operating a standardised fleet to provide detailed input to the development and design of the Hrönn project, ensuring flexibility, reliability and cost efficiency to operate safely and effectively in the demanding offshore environment. Based on its customer experience, BOURBON will thus help to match client demand.

In the second phase of the project, BOURBON and ASL will join forces to search the subsidies to finance the effective construction of the prototype.

Hrönn is a light-duty, offshore utility ship servicing the offshore energy, hydrographic & scientific and offshore fish-farming industries. It can also be utilised as a ROV and AUV support ship and standby vessel, able to provide firefighting support to an offshore platform working in cooperation with manned vessels. Automated Ships Ltd has progressed the original catamaran design of Hrönn since the project launch on 1st November 2016, opting for a monohulled vessel of steel construction, to provide more payload capacity and greater flexibility in the diverse range of operations.

BOURBON’s entry to the Hrönn project, follows the recent news that it has joined forces with KONGSBERG in a new collaboration to develop digital solutions for next generation connected and autonomous vessels. The two companies will execute joint projects to develop new ways of efficient operations in the offshore services industry, with a fast time-to market.

KONGSBERG will contribute its technology expertise and deliver all major marine equipment necessary for the design, construction and operation of Hrönn, including all systems for dynamic positioning and navigation, satellite and position reference, marine automation and communication. Its vessel control systems including K-Pos dynamic positioning, K-Chief automation and K-Bridge ECDIS and Radar will be replicated at an Onshore Control Centre, allowing full remote operations of Hrönn.

Hrönn’s Sea trials will take place in Norway’s officially designated automated vessel test bed in the Trondheim fjord and will be conducted under the auspices of DNV GL and the Norwegian Maritime Authority (NMA). The Hrönn will ultimately be classed and flagged, respectively.

“In this era of digitalization of industrial services, we are pleased to join this forward-looking project thus demonstrating the positioning of BOURBON as a world reference in terms of operational excellence and customer experience,” said Gael Bodénès, Chief Operating Officer, BOURBON Corporation.

“BOURBON is a world leading marine services company and we are confident that alongside KONGSBERG as technology lead, they will provide a valuable contribution to the design and operation of Hrönn,” said Brett Phaneuf, CEO, Automated Ships Ltd.

“We are pleased to be collaborating with such expert partners in the development of Hrönn, a vessel that will show how digitalisation and autonomy have the potential to revolutionise the offshore services market,” said Stene Førsund, EVP Global Sales and Marketing, Kongsberg Maritime.

Shell Purchases Deep-Water Production and Storage Vessel from SBM Offshore

6Shell Turritella FPSO offshore Gulf of Mexico Original 8702 768x432Shell Offshore, Inc. announces that its affiliate, Shell E and P Offshore Services B.V., will exercise a contractual right to purchase the Turritella floating, production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel from SBM Offshore. The vessel is contracted for the Stones deep-water development in the Gulf of Mexico, which began production last year. Shell and SBM will work over the next several months to achieve a safe, smooth transition of the vessel operations.

Transitioning the ownership and operations of the vessel to Shell affiliates allows the company to pursue additional efficiencies and achieve cost improvements to deliver shareholder value at Stones with a continued commitment to operational excellence and safety. The Stones development is the world’s deepest offshore oil and gas project and is scheduled to deliver approximately 50,000-barrels of oil equivalent per day (boe/d) by the end of this year.

The Turritella FPSO has a daily production capacity of approximately 60,000 barrels of oil and 15 million cubic feet of natural gas and fits well within Shell’s global, deep-water portfolio, which includes operations in the Gulf of Mexico, Brazil, Nigeria, and Malaysia. Competitive, deep-water oil resources are a growth priority for Shell with global production expected to reach more than 900-thousand boe/d by the early 2020s.

Currently, Shell has three additional Gulf of Mexico deep-water projects under construction – Appomattox, Kaikias, and Coulomb Phase 2 – as well as options for additional subsea tiebacks and Vito, a potential, new hub in the region.

GE to Provide a Suite of Marine Technologies to One of the World’s Most-Advanced Deep-Water Diving Support Vessels

8GE DSVPurpose-designed for a range of roles including deep-water salvage operations, deep-water pipelay and construction as well as a saturation diving capability for up to 24 divers in two bells, Shanghai Salvage Bureau’s new ship is a testimonial to the demand for top-rated technology and equipment of the highest reliability.

Recently, GE’s Marine Solutions (NYSE: GE) has been chosen by Shanghai Salvage Bureau (SSB), one of the largest rescue and salvage companies in the world, to provide a suite of marine technologies including power and propulsion equipment, dynamic positioning (DP) and automation and control systems to its newest deep-water dive support vessel (DSV). The vessel will become the world’s first deep-water DSV with a multi-saturation diving system. Once delivered, it will enable diving operations to be performed at depths of up to 500 meters and salvage work at 6,000 meters.

“This vessel will be the best of its class anywhere in the world. The sophisticated electrical system, including an innovative closed-ring arrangement of the propulsion switchboard, is a top priority for us to achieve our design goals. Undoubtedly, reliability of the technology onboard the ship is of paramount importance, and that requires an experienced partner,” said Mr. Huang Yan, project director, SSB. “We are pleased to work with GE to ensure that the deep-water DSV will be one of the most advanced of its kind in the world.”

Particularly in the tough offshore environment and in challenging weather, keeping the vessel “on station” and enabling smooth deep-water operations makes the DP system a critical component.

The vessel will feature GE’s latest technology—SeaStream™ DP system (Class 3). Using multidirectional thrusters and sensors to monitor real-time wind, current and wave conditions and automatically activate the propulsion units to counteract the environmental forces, the technology will enable the ship’s position and orientation to be safely and efficiently controlled.

GE’s deep-domain expertise in DP has also extended its capability to include fuel usage optimization. GE’s Ecomagination™ energy-efficient mode uses advanced algorithms to optimize vessel heading and optimize the number of generators needed for operation, further reducing power consumption, operational costs and emissions.

In addition, the vessel will be powered by an electric power and propulsion system, including GE’s 4,656-kilowatt generators, switchboards and medium-voltage frequency drive propulsion controllers as well as a vessel automation and control system, all configured for optimum power and propulsion performance. The main propulsion switchboard will be arranged in a closed-ring configuration to get to maximum efficiency and availability.

The ability to provide the full spectrum of marine solutions—from power and propulsion to navigation and positioning and automation and control—within one integrated package is also a key reason why GE was chosen.

“Thanks to the GE Store, we are able to provide a suite of marine technologies through a blend of high competence in one integrated package,” said Tim Schweikert, president & CEO, GE’s Marine Solutions. “This is one of the landmark projects in the offshore marine industry, and we are excited to be part of the journey”

Damen Finalizes Keppel Verolme Takeover

13Damen Contract signing lowres 1Damen Shiprepair & Conversion (DSC), a part of Damen Shipyards Group, has announced the acquisition of the Keppel Verolme shipyard from Keppel Offshore & Marine.

DSC’s acquisition of the yard follows an initial agreement made between the two parties in April of this year. From 1 July, the Keppel Verolme shipyard, including its 250 staff members, will continue operations under the Damen flag.

“We look forward to joining forces with the Verolme yard and its people. The facilities and personnel are complementary to our existing organisation. This acquisition will enable us to serve our existing clients even better while opening up new opportunities,” says Durk-Jan Nederlof, Managing Director of Damen Shiprepair & Conversion.

With three dry docks – the largest of which measures 405 x 90 metres – and almost 2km of quay capacity, the Verolme yard, located in Rotterdam’s Botlek harbour, will significantly expand DSC’s portfolio. DSC already operates eight repair and conversion yards in the Netherlands and another eight abroad.

M-Tech Offshore’s DP-2 Cable Laying Vessel, CLV SIA

10CLV SIAM-Tech Offshore A/S, is a Danish joint venture company equally owned by NT Offshore A/S and Maritech International LTD, owning and operating the CLV SIA, an efficient handy-sized DP-2 cable laying vessel, which is configured for worldwide inter-array and subsea power cable installations and maintenance, with additional facilities on-board to accommodate for installation of smaller subsea cables, including fibre-optics.

The CLV SIA flies the Danish flag, is a fully SOLAS classed vessel, equipped with efficient cable lay spread, 3 turn-table cable tanks, deck winches, A-frame & cranes and accommodates SIMEC's work-class trenching ROV "Seagma", suitable for inspection, survey and burial operations on up to 3m trenching depth, on maximum operating water depth of 1000m.

Additional modular deck spreads are also available for support operations such as pre-lay grapnel runs and route clearances. The 500m2 vessel's deck has been strengthened for LARS, making it an ideal ROV support platform, whist the on-board survey electronic spread, moon-pool and side mounted equipment can be utilised for cable route survey operations.

In addition to cable laying capabilities, the CLV SIA has modern and comfortable accommodation for 50 passengers with crew and can be utilised as a multipurpose support vessel, capable of handling challenging environmental conditions.

Acquisition and subsequent upgrade of the CLV SIA follows the 2016 announcement that Maritech International LTD with NT Offshore A/S had formed the Joint Venture company M-Tech Offshore A/S. Maritech's 25 years of experience in the subsea cable industry, coupled with NT's long-term presence in the North Sea, is now backed by a strategically positioned vessel management office in Esbjerg, Denmark.

Statoil Awards Contract for New Shuttle Tankers

Statoil ASA and AET, one of the world’s leading petroleum and chemical tanker owners and operators, announce that they are extending their partnership in the North Sea shuttle tanker sector. Statoil has awarded a long-term contract to AET, a subsidiary of Malaysian energy shipping group, MISC Berhad, to operate two specialist DP2 offshore loading shuttle tankers (OLSTs) on long-term charter. These new vessels will be in addition to the two AET DP2 ships currently on charter, in the same area, for Statoil.

13StatoilShuttleTankerThe shuttle tanker Eagle Barents currently on charter for Statoil from AET.

These new vessels are in addition to the two AET DP2 ships currently on charter in the same area for Statoil. The two existing DP2 tankers are owned and operated by AET Sea Shuttle AS (AETSS), a joint venture company formed in 2012 that is also 95% owned by AET and 5% by Norwegian ADS Shipping.

The two twin skeg 125,000dwt tankers will be built by Samsung Heavy Industries for delivery in 2019 and will be contracted to Statoil for operations both in oilfields on the Norwegian Continental Shelf of the North Sea, Norwegian Sea and the southern Barents Sea as well as on the UK Continental Shelf.

Built to a superior specification with a fatigue life based on 30 years of operations in the North Sea, they will be fully capable of working in the harshest of weather conditions. Each will be equipped with winterization features, high power thrusters, shaft generators and the latest generation of bow loading system.

With a focus on energy efficiency, the shuttle tankers will be built with LNG dual-fuel for main and auxiliary engines and also an option to be fitted with a volatile organic compound (VOC) recovery system. Other environmental innovations will maximize fuel efficiency and minimize emissions. When in operation from 2019, these two DPSTs are expected to be the world’s first LNG fueled DPSTs and most energy efficient.

“Statoil is pleased to award this contract to AET and their partners and thereby deepen and increase our cooperation within shuttle tanker operations. The agreed newbuild state-of-the-art DP2 shuttle tankers will strengthen Statoil’s position for safe, efficient and cost competitive transportation of offshore loaded crude oil production to our customers. The fuel efficiency features built into these vessels, including LNG duel fuel capabilities, will significantly reduce operational costs and climate emissions. As such this contract is strongly aligned with Statoil’s sharpened strategy,” says Statoil’s senior vice president for asset management in Marketing, Midstream and Processing, Grete Birgitte Haaland.

Captain Rajalingam Subramaniam, chairman, AET Sea Shuttle AS (AETSS) and president & CEO, AET, said:

“We first forged a partnership with Statoil in 2012 when we were awarded a long-term contract to operate two state-of-the-art shuttle tankers in the North and Barents Sea. I am delighted that Statoil has recognized and endorsed the quality of our operations in this most demanding of environments by giving us a further opportunity to support their business with two additional state-of-the-art DPSTs. We believe, as part of the MISC Group, our strategic partnership and our innovative solutions gave us the edge over other operators in the North Sea. Statoil is global leader in this region and I am confident that we will deliver on the trust they continue to place in our capability to deliver flawless operations in this challenging region. We are proud to be extending our partnership with this world leading oil company.”

In 2012, AET formed a joint venture company - AET Sea Shuttle AS - 95% owned by AET and 5% owned by Norwegian ADS Shipping, to own and operate two North Sea DP vessels. The two new ships will also be owned and operated by the same joint venture partners. OSM Maritime Group will provide the lead technical management, supported by the MISC Group, during the newbuilding.

ADS and OSM group chairman, Bjørn Tore Larsen said:

“This is a great opportunity for us to extend our successful partnership with AET. We have been operating in this region for many years and extending the joint venture cements our relationship both with AET and Statoil. I firmly believe that the combination of technical, operational and commercial skills delivered through the joint venture will continue to provide Statoil with an ocean transportation solution that is second to none”.

OSM Maritime Group will provide the lead technical management, supported by the MISC Group, during the construction of the vessels.

Romica Completes Deck Equipment Deal for Fugro Venturer

12Romica Fugro Venturer courtesy Fr. Fassmer GmbHYorkshire UK headquartered engineering company Romica has completed a major deal to supply deck equipment for a state-of-the-art new geophysical and geotechnical survey vessel operated by global offshore survey specialist Fugro.

Beverley based Romica provided equipment for the 2455 gross tonne Fugro Venturer. The 71.5 metre vessel is one of the most advanced geophysical and hydrographic survey ships in the world and is built to undertake a range of geophysical survey work for sectors like oil and gas and renewables.

Romica managing director Bob Turner said the job was a complex and demanding one as it required bespoke engineering solutions.

“Romica has supplied equipment to more than eight Fugro geotechnical survey vessels in the last 10 years and our team brings collectively more than 50 years experience to the sector,” he said. “We drew on all that expertise to provide a range of A frame and launch systems to suit a variety of seabed sampling and sensitive measurement devices. Our range included coring handling systems, side scan winches, sub bottom profiler winch systems and gun array handling systems.”

Bob said the Romica team worked closely with Fugro on the project for more than three years designing equipment then manufacturing it at its plant in Romania before transporting it overland by truck to the shipyard and then helping to install it.

“We have built an understanding of how Furgo operate and what they want," he said. "We sit down and listen to them and then try and find solutions to what they require. This approach of working as part of their team and not just being remote and handing over an off the shelf product makes Romica different and gives us a competitive edge. Very few companies have our experience or are prepared to work as closely as we do developing the bespoke solutions the customer wants. No company knows as much as the owner about their vessel, that is why we sit down with Fugro and listen to their requirements. This approach delivers the best engineering solutions.”

Bob said Romica is actively searching to win more work in the geotechnical ship building sector.

“We established a manufacturing hub in Romania 13 years ago which draws on a large maritime engineering skills base enabling us to undertake a broad variety of work,” he said. “The last 12 years have seen Romica develop as a world leading manufacturer of marine lift equipment. This has been based around a strategy of developing relationships with survey operators and investing time helping them find optimum solutions for the handling of their survey systems. We believe that despite the downturn in oil and gas activity we can pursue a similar strategy in other sectors of the marine and lift equipment marketplace.” Romica’s Romanian manufacturing plant recently acquired accreditation with DNV GL, the world’s leading classification society forits repair and manufacturing operations which it operates from its 7000m2 fabrication facility.

Ocean Yield Announces Investment in 2 Vessels with Long Term Charters to Aker BP ASA

14OceanYield NS OrlaOcean Yield ASA ("Ocean Yield") has agreed to acquire two Platform Supply Vessels ("PSVs") from BP Shipping for a total consideration of USD 105.4 million. Both vessels are on long term charters to Aker BP ASA ("Aker BP"). The two vessels, "NS Orla" and "NS Frayja", were delivered in September and December 2014, respectively, and entered into 15 years bareboat charters starting as from delivery of the vessels. The bareboat charter rates are USD 17,253 per day per vessel, which gives a contribution to annual EBITDA of USD 12.6 million.

NS Orla

The vessels are expected to be delivered to a fully owned subsidiary of Ocean Yield in June 2017. The acquisition will be financed by a combination of debt and equity and Ocean Yield has received an offer for a senior secured loan facility of up to USD 65 million with semi-annual instalments based on an annuity profile and a tenor of 7 years.

Aker BP is a publicly listed E&P company with exploration, development and production activities on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. Measured in production, Aker BP is one of the largest independent oil companies in Europe.

Ocean Yield ASA's Chief Executive Officer Lars Solbakken said in a comment: "We are pleased to announce the investment in two additional vessels on long term charter, as it allows us to continue to grow and further diversify our portfolio, adding a strong counterparty with a market capitalization of approximately USD 5.4 billion."

Fugro Venturer Begins Offshore Survey Campaign

With a maiden voyage that takes her to the deep waters of Ireland’s Atlantic margin and the far North of the Barents Sea, Fugro Venturer is the newest of Fugro’s successful purpose-designed, standardized survey vessels, originally formulated in 2013.

4FugroVenturerFugro Venturer

The 72-meter vessel is a platform for technological innovation, where Fugro’s trademark technologies such as OARS (centralized command centers with direct access to offshore survey projects), Back2Base (enabling large amounts of survey data to be sent from offshore vessels to onshore processing centers and clients) and ROAMES (a powerful asset management solution streamlining subsea operations) are radically changing information delivery.

Fugro has secured a significant confirmed work backlog so that a campaign of site and pipeline route surveys, for clients including Aker BP, following commissioning and survey trials. Fugro Venturer is contracted to conduct simultaneous analogue/digital surveys, 3D high resolution seismic and environmental sampling and shallow geotechnical operations. An increased level of weather tolerance will ensure a highly reliable operational program.

Specialized equipment enables sampling in water depths of up to 3,500 meters and a permanent AUV hangar houses a Kongsberg Hugin 1000 autonomous underwater vehicle. The vessel can host a multitude of ROV platforms and the specially designed hull form and propulsion systems ensure acoustically quiet and economical running at higher than standard survey speeds.

Phil Meaden, Regional Director Fugro Europe Marine, explains how the new multi-role vessel will support the company’s marine site characterization and asset integrity contracts: “The Fugro Venturer provides an exceptional range of survey solutions. She will be equally at home in the offshore wind farms of Europe, where Fugro is pioneering innovative UXO and UHR3D seismic surveys and in oilfield inspections, where our latest solutions include fast ROV and fully autonomous inspections.”

Global Marine Group Reports Busy Spring Period

11 1GMS066 CWind Phantom Naming CeremonyThe Global Marine Group (GMG), a market leader in offshore engineering, is reporting a successful first five months of 2017 with a strong outlook for the rest of the year. All key assets from the GMG fleet are currently mobilized, either supporting maintenance zone agreements around the world, or on installation, maintenance or repair contracts.

“As we head into the summer months, we are extremely pleased about our robust activity level, which we feel is a reflection of our high performance standards, reputation and strong relationships across the industry,” said Ian Douglas, CEO of the Global Marine Group. “We are consistently mobilising quickly to deliver high-quality, on-time and on-budget solutions to all our customers’ demands experience, proven know-how and the resources to get things right first time. We have the personnel, vessels and technology to meet these demands.”

11 2GMS066 CS RecorderCWind, the group’s offshore power focused business, has its 18-strong fleet of Crew Transfer Vessels (CTVs) and another eight chartered vessels, busy supporting clients on key wind farms across the UK and Europe with a variety of subsea and topside solutions. In February of this year it was announced that CWind would incorporate the resources and power cable capabilities of its parent company, GMG, to expand the breadth of services it offers to wind farm owners and developers.

In addition to completing major scopes of work at the Godewind Offshore Wind Farm using a DPS-2 vessel, CWind has also recently utilised a key asset in the GMG fleet, C.S. Sovereign, to complete back-to-back power cable repairs. First, CWind finished the successful repair of a vital power cable that reconnected the Isles of Scilly to mainland electricity, and then another repair commission in the North Sea.

CS Recorder, a recent addition to the group’s fleet, has just completed remedial burial work on the CIEG (Channel Islands Electricity Grid) power cable between Guernsey and Jersey. The project benefitted from the mobilisation and deployment of another of the group’s assets, the Q1000 jet-trenching Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV), which offers 1000hp of total installed and variable jetting power. The Q1000 is ideal for trenching pipelines, umbilicals and cables to a burial depth of 3m at a speed of up to 400m per hour. CS Recorder will shortly begin work on another installation project.

Further afield, the group’s telecoms focused business, Global Marine, who have installed over 300,000km or 21% of all subsea cable across the world, has the Networker and her crew currently primed for a fibre optic cable installation project between Karimun and Batam in Malaysia. The Networker is the first purpose-built cable-working barge in South East Asia, and one of the largest vessels of her kind, ideally designed to deliver projects in shallow waters and narrow corridors.